Fans who weren't able to attend the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic ® or the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game now have a second chance to experience each event and feel like they were there.
Thanks to virtual reality, the NHL is now able to give fans an experience that will make them feel like they are sitting in the stands or along the boards for its marquee events.
Producing this content for the NHL is Jaunt, a pioneering company that specializes in creative storytelling for cinematic virtual reality (VR).
First up is a compilation piece from the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game. Utilizing the Jaunt ONE camera to provide a full 360-degree VR experience of the action, fans will get an on-ice position at the Honda NHL® Skills Competition™, a seat on the glass for the NHL All-Star Game and other unique vantage points, including standing next to the press at media day and a look inside the locker room.
For the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, fans will feel like they are in Gillette Stadium, sitting along the boards during the game and with a front-row seat to the procession of players onto the ice.
In Canada, Rogers is bringing innovation to the way fans enjoy hockey with Virtual Reality. With Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, fans will get the chance to experience the VR action at various events at select Rogers Stores and NHL Arenas nationally. NHL VR content is also profiled at Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stops as part of the Inside the NHL Situation Room presented by Samsung mobile trailer experience.
The NHL will release additional virtual reality clips of the highlights from NHL All-Star Weekend in the coming weeks.
To truly feel the fully immersive experience of being present at one of these big events, the VR content is best viewed through a head mounted VR device, like the Samsung Gear VR.
To view NHL content on Samsung Gear VR, insert a Samsung mobile phone into a Gear VR Headset and navigate Oculus Home to download the Jaunt VR experience. The Jaunt VR app is featured front and center.
The Jaunt VR app also can be downloaded from Google Play and iTunes.